Step-by-step SSD Installation Help

So I've just purchased my first SSD (Samsung 840 Series 120Gb), and am eager to get it up and running with my system. The system was my first build, and I recieved quite a bit of help putting it together; it seems I'll need it again.

I have a number of questions which I am hoping will point me in the right direction once they've been answered. To save on expenses, I am looking to migrate Windows (7 64bit) to the SSD, though I know it is not preferred. Is it safe to assume that will be straight-forward once the hardware is installed? Relative to the installation itself, what is the order of operations? For example, back-up existing data/OS, physical install, reboot, configure SATA 6G/s port for the SSD (switch to AHDI?), change windows registry to reflect the new configuration, migrate data, reboot, change boot drive order in BIOS, then hopefully be up and running? I know I am asking quite a bit here, but a set of fairly detailed instructions, from A to Z for the installation, would be greatly appreciated. My current build is listed below. Thanks!

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
Intel Core i5-2500K
EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Western Digital WD Black WD5002AALX 500GB
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    Migrate or fresh install...all the same price if you use the same product key. $0.

    Start here for a good guide:

    And personally, I almost always recommend a fresh install.
  2. I would strongly recommend fresh install. You can try Acronis tools to migrate your system, which should take care of most issues such as disk sizing and bootloader.

    There might be bigger problems if you are migrating from IDE to SATA, due to windows not knowing that it needs to load drivers to access its data.

    You would also find that once you have problems booting windows, you would need rescue disk available or installation disk. Both disks would allow you to repair windows installation if needed.

    However, as always in migration of data be prepared for the worst, that is to loose all your data, so make separate backup for files you would need to restore once you choose to install OS fresh on your drive.
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